Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe – American Special
Homemade Cranberry Sauce is an iconic Thanksgiving side dish made with just 3 ingredients. You can sweeten it with sugar or use a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup. The sweet and tangy flavors pair perfectly with savory turkey.
- Prep Time5 min
- Cook Time10 min
- Total Time15 min
Easy Cranberry Sauce Ingredients:
- 12 ounces cranberries about 3 cups
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup orange juice or water
- 1 cinnamon stick
How to Make Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe:
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan or medium pot over medium heat.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10-12 minutes uncovered. Remove the cinnamon stick and discard.
Cool to room temperature and refrigerate until chilled.
Make this sauce weeks (or months) ahead of time and freeze. Simply thaw overnight and serve for the big day!
Water produces a more traditional flavor while orange juice makes it zestier.
The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.
If you’d like a smooth texture, place the warm sauce into a mesh strainer and strain it into a bowl pressing the cranberries to remove as much juice as possible. Another option is to blend with a hand blender.